Teaching kids to recognize discrimination and injustice and to take a stand against it

Teaching kids to recognize discrimination and injustice and to take a stand against it

Discrimination and injustice is a touchy subject for some “white” people. Many “white” people don’t want to be racists and don’t mean to actively discriminate. It’s a subject some parents don’t want to address or don’t feel necessary to address. However, we should be aware,…

Teaching about respect for all human beings, equal rights and the beauty of diversity

Teaching about respect for all human beings, equal rights and the beauty of diversity

I want my children to learn that all humans are our brothers and sisters, all are equally valuable and all have to be treated with the same dignity and respect. I want them to appreciate how beautiful it is that God has created humanity with…

Let’s talk about discrimination and racism

Let’s talk about discrimination and racism

… and why this talk is a crucial point in my parenting With all the protests and riots going on lately about justice for George Floyd and #blacklivesmatter, more and more articles and TV messages are popping up about “how to talk to your child…

A child’s voice: Hope for the world

A child’s voice: Hope for the world

My son came up with this beautiful artwork. Here is the story he tells with his drawings: “ This is the story of the Olympian God of hope (I invented). He saw how sick and sad and dark the world has become with Coronavirus. So…

Family life during Covid 19 times

Family life during Covid 19 times

I know, we are really privileged in our situation, as my husband and I haven’t lost our work and we have a big child friendly garden, where our kids an play. However also for all members of our family the Covid 19 crises is a…

Childhood in Covid-19 times

Childhood in Covid-19 times

Covid 19 is not only a health threat because of the risk of a virus infection. The effects the lockdown and social distancing have on our economy, our jobs, our homes, on our physical and mental health, on family lives and relationships are severe. Lately…

Earth, water, air and fire – providing play opportunities for all senses with the four elements

Earth, water, air and fire – providing play opportunities for all senses with the four elements

Many of my most precious childhood memories are connected to the four elements, earth, water, air and fire. When life is difficult for me, I can draw strength from those memories. I believe that playful experiences with the four elements are essential for good and…

A paradise for children – How to create a child friendly garden

A paradise for children – How to create a child friendly garden

Many parents put lots of thought into how to design their child’s room, because they want to create a nurturing environment, that helps the child to feel safe, calm and balanced and is encouraging for the child’s exploration sense and creativity. So they carefully pick…

Of superheros and people “enjoying the downtime”

Of superheros and people “enjoying the downtime”

In social media posts of people stating, that they are enjoying their downtime during corona virus keep popping up. Some people even start to complain that they are bored. Somehow this triggered something in me. So I just have to get this out: I am…

Kids in traffic – getting to school

Kids in traffic – getting to school

Where I live, kids are supposed to get to school by themselves. From first grade on schools and the local police encourage parents strongly to not drive their children to school but to let them walk. As a special gift every first grader receives a…